My Public Service Announcement

You know those moments, days, conversations which make you realize that you are in the right field? That confirm your passion and revitalize your cause. Well, this week that happened for me. My beautiful aunt, and godmother, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma Lung cancer; which is caused by Asbestos.
As I began my undergraduate degree in Architecture we learned about common materials used in practice. I took a Life Cycle Analysis course which went over (from extraction to disposal) the life of products. My group chose a sustainable product, while many others chose common products such as laundry detergent. We found in gathering the materials for this report was much easier than that of 'non-green' products. We also were able to completely recycle and reuse our products while many others had remaining toxins.


That made the wheels in my noggin turn, wondering why we didn't always use these more sustainable products. Now, I understand that cost is the ever present under-lying issue in this argument. But lets take a look at the larger picture: Indoor Air Quality. We spend an obscene amount of time indoors, whether at work or at home. You know, we are inside while we are sleeping, sniffing air and all. So why, oh why, create a space made from harmful toxins? Drywall, Plaster, Vinyl Flooring, Caulk, Pipe Insulation and popcorn ceilings ALL have Chrysotile, which account for 95% of Asbestos found in buildings. With little exposure this is fine, but breathing it in for 5+ years while you are sleeping, not so fine.

Houses built before the 1989 Ban and Phase Out of Asbestos need to be tested. Although removal of these products can be expensive, the long term health risk factors out weigh this immensely. According to the EPA  "the costs of initial treatment [of Lung cancer] ($26,042) during the first three months, and then incur nine months’ worth of maintenance care costs (0.75 × $11,325 = $8,494) during the remainder of the year. The total cost incurred during the first year by those therefore $26,042 + $8,493 = $34,535."

As for the cost of removing the Asbestos: "If your home has asbestos in the ceilings, floors, walls, roof, and pipes your asbestos removal cost for a complete job could be as high as $20,000 or more. However, this is an extreme case when asbestos is found everywhere. The typical asbestos removal cost for a 2,000 square foot home will usually be about $2,000 to $4,000 because the hazardous material can either be contained instead of removed, or will only be present in a few areas" (asbestos). If 'green' products are out of your price range, there are a multitude of 'sortof green' or 'this is better than what you currently have' kind of products.

If you are someone wondering if you have Asbestos in your house, or have further questions go here. Get a contractor out for a free estimate, or purchase a $30 kit to test it yourself. If you decide to test it yourself make sure you place the test strip in the most used space in your basement away from any furnace supply or return area. Keep your self, and your family healthy by improving your Indoor Air Quality today. This is a Public Service Announcement sponsored by Jenn by Design.


Life lately has been quite busy. I had the great idea to start some side projects in the middle of summer. I have been working with the company EcoSmarte on a redesign of their building. They are located off of 494 and hwy 77. They will be putting an addition onto their building and wanted some ideas on how the store front should look. I took the plans of their addition and played with a few looks, here is the final rendering I sent out:
The turquoise colors will be metal sheets, the brown awnings will be a dark wood and the lower portion will be a light stone. This rendering was done using Google Sketchup and Kerkythea. 

For the crafty

So by now, if you have been a reader, you probably know that I enjoy a good craft. Life has been crazy lately, as all summers are, so my list of crafts has exceeded a single side lined piece of paper (which I keep in my work desk for safe keeping!). Since I haven't had time to share the makings of these future crafts, I thought I'd share a few inspirational pieces I have come across, along with some tricks of the trade I've been learning...

It was a bittersweet moment when I saw this. A while back I was a nanny for two years, and if you have ever been one you know that crafts are crucial to making the day pass. I carried in my car a crate of craft supplies, one item in here was a HUGE bag of amazing buttons. The current location of this bag is unknown to me, but once I find it, this belt is mine!

Super cute for a centerpiece, would also look nice horizontally with a few candles on one log!
Caulk so your rugs don't slip!

Hot vinegar to paintbrushes takes off old paint and makes them good as new!

I wonder how long the apples would stay?

Boyfriend thinks this will ruin your shoes, I beg to differ and intend on proving him wrong!

I love the thick frame, and towel/coat rack idea!

Must drink more vino.

Cute and inexpensive centerpiece

Eucalyptus in the shower to relieve sinuses!

I will be doing this someday. I will.

Anyone know how these pictures look? Debating if its worth it to try?
 That's all for now! All of the photos from here are pinned to my DIY board on Pinterest if you are curious on learning more!